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First Law of Holes: New and Selected Stories

In First Law of Holes, award-winning author Meg Pokrass delivers a stunning selection of stories from the past fourteen years of her flash fiction career, tackling themes of belonging, obsession, messy love and loneliness with her trademark, unconventional storytelling.

Writer and Teacher

Meg Pokrass

Meg Pokrass is an award-winning writer of flash fiction, prose poetry, and hybrid work. She is the founder of New Flash Fiction Review and co-founder of the Best Microfiction series. Her generative workshops and prompts are acclaimed for their ability to spark creativity and open new doors.

Meg’s new full-length collection, The First Law of Holes: New and Selected Stories has been acquired by Dzanc Books, and will be published in late 2024!

Meg Pokrass

Meg has recently been mentoring and supporting me with a manuscript of stories. I can’t recommend her highly enough. Her astute observations, suggestions and edits have, in my opinion, transformed the whole collection. Her enthusiasm and encouragement have also really helped my confidence as a writer and I’m excited to soon submit the finished collection. Great value in every sense.

—Jane Salmons

I would not be writing flash without Meg Pokrass. I found my voice in flash. I didn’t even understand what that meant—finding your voice—until, suddenly, I realized I had done it. It was because of the community Meg built, the encouragement she offered, and, maybe more than anything, explaining to me what worked when it worked—why this story was better than that one. I’ve said I would not be writing flash without Meg and that’s true. I might not even be writing at all. The encouragement and finding my feet with her help came at a critical time for me.

—Epiphany Ferrell

Taking Meg’s workshops and teaching ekphrastic workshops together has given me a window into her amazing imagination and improved my own writing immeasurably. She is a dynamite storyteller, but also has a very special gift for helping to shape a story. It is incredible how she will pull out the heart of the story and help a writer rearrange or finish it. Meg can help you bring your stories to life in a magical way.

—Lorette C. Luzajic

Select Works

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Kissing the Monster Hunter

Kissing the Monster Hunter is a new chapbook about monster hunters, unseen monsters, perpetual dreamers, and the creatures (human and otherwise) who love them. The unmissable prose poems and micros in this collection thrust us into an alternate reality where hope, love, and intimacy, when gone unrecognized, become a mystical force to be reckoned with.

The House of Grana Padano

Two modern masters of the fabulist micro, Meg Pokrass and Jeff Friedman, stretch language like magicians who are deep into their most amazing acts, creating elusive personas who can mime love, hate, anger or sorrow.

Damn Sure Right

This debut collection of eighty-four tales is sure to “ruin your waking hours the way you’ll want them ruined” (Kyle Minor).


“The nuanced tonal complexity, which can go from the whimsical to a darker irony in the turn of a phrase, has been the signature feature of the work of Meg Pokrass.”

—Stuart Dybek